Sunday, October 17, 2010

First Day Musings -- Finding Peace

There seems to be a definite movement in many of the blogs I read -- most folks are looking for simpler and quieter lives. Why is this?

I remember having four children to parent and the hurry that was my life. It seemed that every minute was full of activity and rushing. There were days I would fall into bed with my clothes on. Then, a friend said to me,"Why do you think the children have to do everything that comes along? Can't they just be children?"

Point made.

Their success, and mine, was not tied up in all the activities they were doing. Rather, it was in being who they were without judgement. Maybe this is why we rush so. We want others to be impressed or to see us as "productive", "energetic", "competent", or "together".

It is a lie.

Pure peace comes from slowing down and living in the moment. Nowhere in the Bible does God tell us to hurry up and get 'er done. Rather, we are reminded in the Psalms that God "maketh me to lie down in green pastures." Why? So we can rest, enjoy, and talk with Him. So we can appreciate the beauty of the day. He wants us to have pleasure in living, not feel that we have to run a race.

To that end, today I am going to heat my coffee, sit on the porch, and read, knit, read some more, and build some castles in the air. I will do what a friend of mine calls prayer: whisper to God.

How will you spend your day?


  1. Today I will focus on enjoying Him..... the Prince of Peace.

    Thanks for your lovely posting, Matty. Be blessed in all you do this beautiful day!


  2. Today we spent on the road enjoying the beautiful fall fields of Iowa while listening to hymns on CD. It was a perfect day - just like sitting on your porch, Matty, with a mug of coffee and a good book!!

    Life can be so good when we slow down to enjoy it.

  3. Love this!! I was just talking to a friend earlier this afternoon about how people send there kids off to everything they can be involved in and then all they have time for at home is Maybe supper and bedtime... We are both homeschooling moms and spend alot of time with our kids and I am not saying that everyone needs to homeschool but how easy it is to miss some of the most important things...

  4. Their NOT THERE.... I do know some correct usage despite my hillbilly talk...

  5. Hello,
    I just stumbled on to your lovely blog, and wanted to let you know I was here.
    Peace and blessings to you.

  6. this is perfect - as our family is visiting the craziness that is city life, I am find it so hard to be peaceful - but I just need to stop and pray.
    Warm wishes, Tonya


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